LP Underground Eleven

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LP Underground Eleven
Album-LPU 11.jpg
Compilation album by Linkin Park
Released November 15, 2011
Recorded 1999-2010
Length 34:17
Linkin Park Underground chronology

LP Underground X: Demos (2010) LP Underground Eleven (2011) LP Underground 12 (2012)

Background

LP Underground 11 (stylized as LP Underground Eleven on the artwork) is the eleventh CD released by Linkin Park for their fanclub, the LP Underground. It was released on November 15, 2011 to coincide with the release of LPU 11. The album contains ten demos ranging from the pre-Hybrid Theory recording sessions to the A Thousand Suns recording sessions.

Writing and Recording

The ten-track CD contains demos taken from all of the band's recording cycles until then. "Slip" and "Esaul", being written before Chester Bennington joined the band and the recordings (with Chester) of those two songs and "Blue" pre-dating the Hybrid Theory sessions. An early demo of "In The End" is also included. "Soundtrack", "Program", and "Broken Foot" dates from the Meteora sessions; "YO" and "Bang Three" from the Minutes To Midnight sessions; and "Robot Boy" from the A Thousand Suns sessions.

Composition

All of demos on the album provide an insight to how the band recorded each album. For example, all of the Meteora-era tracks are purely instrumental because, at the time, the band wouldn't create vocals for a track until it was considered finished.

The album brings early alternative and demo versions of previously released songs such as "In The End", "A Place For My Head", "What I've Done", and "Robot Boy" as well as "Blue", a song which was eventually reworked into "Crawling". All those tracks shows how much a song can change during the recording process of Linkin Park's albums.

The album also brings full versions of two instrumental demos that had been previously heard by fans: "Program" can be heard during the Frat Party At The Pankake Festival DVD and a clip of "YO" had been released by the band as a ringtone in 2010.[1]

Track Listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 YO (MTM Demo) Linkin Park 2:44
2 Slip (1998 Unreleased Hybrid Theory Demo) Bennington Chester Charles, Bourdon Robert G, Delson Brad, Hahn Joseph, Shinoda Mike 3:30
3 Soundtrack (Meteora Demo) Linkin Park 3:16
4 In The End (Demo) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:53
5 Program (Meteora Demo) Linkin Park 3:32
6 Bang Three (What I've Done Original Demo) Linkin Park 3:30
7 Robot Boy (Test Mix, Optional Vocal Take) Linkin Park 4:32
8 Broken Foot (Meteora Demo) Linkin Park 2:43
9 Esaul (A Place For My Head Demo) Linkin Park, Wakefield Mark 3:09
10 Blue (1998 Unreleased Hybrid Theory Demo) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:29

Personnel

Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington
  • Rob Bourdon
  • Brad Delson
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Phoenix
  • Mike Shinoda

Production

  • All songs written by Linkin Park
  • "Slip" and "Esaul" written in conjunction with Mark Wakefield
  • Mastered by: Mike Bozzi at Bernie Grundman Mastering

Management

  • LP Underground coordination: Jessica Sklar, Stephanie Rosen, Adam Ruehmer
  • Linkin Park worldwide representation: The Collective
  • Management team: Michael Green, Jordan Berliant and Ryan DeMarti
  • LPU thanks: Andrea Seib, Nate Auerbach, Aaron Ray, Trish Evangelista, Mona Kasim, Tamar Kaiserman, Harold Gutierrez and Maddie Brady
  • Special thanks: Warner Bros. Records, Universal Music Publishing, and Machine Shop Marketing
  • LP Underground founded by Linkin Park and Jessica Sklar 2001

Artwork

  • Creative direction: Andrea Seib and Frank Maddocks
  • Art direction and design: Frank Maddocks
  • Band photography and illustration: Frank Maddocks
  • Original cover photograph: Jonas Caldwell

Gallery

Trivia

  • The dating of 1998 for "Slip" and "Blue" has led to arguments on when Chester joined the band, as it contradicted previous interviews where the band claimed Chester joined in 1999.

External Links

References

  1. LP Monster Energy Site - Exclusive media, contests, etc. - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, February 14, 2010
  2. Adam Ruehmer on Instagram: “Coming soon to an LPU near you.”, November 03, 2011